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Discuss some of the good and bad qualities found in society in "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway.

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Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Killers” in 1927.  Although no actual violence is portrayed, Hemingway makes the reader feel that Al and Max, the killers, could explode at any time.  The story takes place in a small town café in the early evening.  The narration is third person. 

The descriptions of the characters give only the bare minimum of information. Even Nick Adams, the young man that steps up to warn Ole Andreson, has few details provided for his character despite the fact that he might be called the protagonist

The men who come to kill Andreson have few redeeming qualities . They represent the facet of man that has no conscience and willingly kills or hurts for pleasure.  Max and Al are loud, rude, and sarcastic.  Everything is prey for their sardonic dialogue.  Obviously, these men have seen...

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